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Office design trends are bringing the outside in

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Let’s face it. Working in a drab, outdated office is no fun. Most folks spend at least eight hours per day at work and they don’t want to feel smothered, cramped or uncomfortable. They don’t want to forget what blue skies, sunshine and the outside world look like. Companies all over the United States are… Continue Reading Office design trends are bringing the outside in

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The ball will be dropping soon…

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The time for making New Year’s resolutions has arrived. Some folks say their goal is to lose weight. Others vow to spend more time with their families. And an even smaller percentage of adults in the United States have their careers in mind when drafting resolutions. A survey developed by Accountemps, a division of Robert… Continue Reading The ball will be dropping soon…

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The National Automobile Dealers Association, in coordination with statistics from financial services company Comerica, reports that in 1979 Americans had to work 22.9 weeks to buy a new car. Despite that today’s new car costs are about the same as a house in the Midwest in the mid-to-late seventies, Americans have to work a couple… Continue Reading Automobile sales are putting the pedal to the metal

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In the last column, I hoped to convince you not to chase the hot stocks or follow the top investment gurus. The same is true regarding the hot asset classes – cash, bonds, and stocks and subsets like foreign and domestic stocks. In this column, I’m going to show you what does work – asset… Continue Reading Wealth and risk – what portfolio mix is right for you?

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It's O.K. to take a break from work

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The wilderness of the Rockies and the sands of Maui beckon. Things like sleeping in and spending time with loved ones are probably long overdue. Everyone deserves some time off. From coaches and caregivers to CEOs and investment bankers, the employed in the United States could use a break every now and then. Americans work… Continue Reading It's O.K. to take a break from work

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A new bad kid on the block

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They pop up on computers all over the country. The ads that often make Internet browsing and research a chore have a way of slowing things down. They want people to click yes to receive a free credit report. They ask for survey participants. They are even the bearers of bad news. When someone receives… Continue Reading A new bad kid on the block

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Franchise or concept?

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Franchised businesses in the United States employed more than 9 million people in 2001 (the last figures available), according to the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation. In the same year, a total of 767,483 franchises, from retail food operations to automobile dealers, spent $229.1 billion in U.S. payroll. The foundation released its findings in March,… Continue Reading Franchise or concept?

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Double dipping has become a standard practice for state employees in Colorado and elsewhere. And it has nothing to do with shrimp and cocktail sauce. Double dipping, as it relates to state employees, is all about retirement and resurgence – public employees who retire, collect their PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association) pensions and then return… Continue Reading Double dipping: bad manners and bad ethics? (7710)

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Commons at Briargate Apartments sold for $19M

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Apartment Realty Advisors represented the Dermot Co. in the sale of the Commons at Briargate to RK Properties in October. The apartment complex, built in 1996, has 194 units, each with a private garage. “It’s one of the few properties in town that has direct access garages,” said Ken Greene, vice president of Apartment Realty… Continue Reading Commons at Briargate Apartments sold for $19M

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Experts weigh in on local economy (7662)

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Traffic congestion. The military. Consumer confidence. All these issues, and more, have received a great deal of attention from area economists. “We truly live in very strange economic times these days,” said Mike Anderson, director of the Colorado Springs office of budget and financial analysis. With about 7,000 troops set to deploy to Iraq in… Continue Reading Experts weigh in on local economy (7662)

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